𝕬 𝕹𝖊𝖜 𝕰𝖗𝖆
In 2019 Richard's best friend and lifelong comrade abandoned the path of heroism and begin his bloodsoaked rampage through the criminal underworld, dishing out violent retribution in the form of grusome mutilation and horrific torture that would turn the stomach of the most hardened criminal investigator.
To save him Richard needed to take his non-lethal crusade against crime to the next level. And so he purchased Avalon Industries at the price of almost ten billion dollars. It was nearly everything he had but he would pay any price to save his friend and save as many lives as he can in his adopted city, Gothic.
His first move after purchasing Avalon was moving its HQ from Los Angeles to Gothic City, taking advantage of the high cost of real estate in LA to sell at a profit and the low price of real estate in the beleaguered Gothic City to purchase a sky scrapper that had been abandoned since its original owners went bankrupt during one of Satar's attacks on Gothic at a fraction of its original cost.
This served two purposes. First, to recoup some of his expenditures incurred in the original purchase of the company and second to keep him in the heart of the city that needed him most, Gothic.
One hundred and thirteen floors. Glass, steel and stone construction. Constructed in the early two thousands with grants from a federal economic re-invigoration project targeting Gothic City it was intended to attract businesses, drive up the value of real estate and lead the way to a booming Gothic City. The project was an abject failure and the final blow came when one of Satar's attacks on the city sent businesses fleeing and property values collapsed.
The property set abandoned for years, slowly accumulating debt in unpaid taxes and maintenance expenses while its owners desperately searched for a buyer.
Now it belongs to Richard and it has been remodeled at his command. Windows were replaced with double panels of reinforced bullet proof glass. Walls were strengthened with rebar and hidden steel plates. Additional support beams of expensive supersteel alloys were added. Miles of fiber optic cable has been laid and the basement is host to a bank of three-phase turbo generators to provide six weeks of emergency power for the building.
A small army of security personal patrol the building. Ex-soldiers and former Gothic SWAT officers, veterans of Americans overseas wars and the perpetual warzone that is Gothic's streets. Equipped with heavy body armor, riot shields and non-lethal weaponry of all types they are the guards in the fortress that is the Excalibur Tower.
A network of concealed passageways were added, ostensibly for security and maintenance purposes, but deleted from the blueprints. These passageways serve as secret entrances and exits for Hawkshade and the remaining members of the Shadow Knights.
In addition to the general features of a large office building Excalibur Tower also boasts nearly every convenience known to man, from on-site medical care to multiple gyms to a number of suites for visiting executives and guests of the CEO, Richard.
𝕾𝖚𝖇𝖘𝖎𝖉𝖎𝖆𝖗𝖎𝖊𝖘 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝕳𝖔𝖑𝖉𝖎𝖓𝖌𝖘
The logistical branch of Excalibur provides for both its internal shipping and logistical needs as well as providing for the logistical needs of its clients, specializing in bulk shipments across long distances, through difficult terrain or in warzones.
It also provides a perfect cover when Hawkshade needs to transport himself, or some of his equipment, across the globe or into the areas where he is needed most.
Weapons research and development. Euompistically referred to as 'defense technologies division' Richard has retooled Caliburn into the centerpiece of the modern Excalibur industries with a specialization in technologies engineered to counter the enhanced capabilities of mutants and metahumans. In a short time Richard has gained a reputation as having sharp instincts when it comes to the development of tech that counters metahumans however the reality is that his time among the mutant assassins of the Strigidae cult taught him much about the powers and capabilities of metahumans and how they could be countered.
Unbeknownst to the world at large Hawkshade uses Caliburn as cover for the development of various gadgets and devices that assist him in combating and restraining superpowered criminals.
While once Dain Industries focused on traditional energy sources and occasionally branching out into alternatives Richard has radically changed the focus of Dain Industries to specialize in nuclear power. Now DI researches, develops and manufactures components for nuclear power plants almost exclusively.
Behind the scenes Hawkshade pushes the development of nuclear power because he believes it is the most practical form of clean energy and nuclear technology is humanities best hope against superpowered villains.
Perhaps the most venerable of Richard's acquisitions Knightfall Aeronautics is in some ways the crown jewel of Excalibur Enterprises. Like many other areas of the company Richard has changed its focus and now it concentrates on development of a 5th generation fighter and competes intensely with Boeing and Lockheed for lucrative defense contracts with the Pentagon.
Off the books it provides invaluable stealth, drone and airborne technology that Hawkshade aims to use to further his war on criminality.
- Open thread, feel free to visit.
- Hawkshade's identity is a secret, no metagaming.
- Sell the security within reason. If your character can defeat them, so be it.
- Please respect the street level nature of the setting.
- This is a location thread and short posts are welcomed with open arms.
- CVnU rules apply.